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August 29, 2014

North Dakota soldier to receive Medal of Honor

A Minot, N.D. man will be honored next month with the nation’s highest military decoration.

The Forum reports 31-year-old Clinton Romesha, a former active duty Army staff sergeant, will be the fourth living service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Romesha is being recognized for heroic actions during a day-long battle on Oct. 3, 2009, one of the deadliest attacks against U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

During an ambush by 300 Taliban fighters at Combat Outpost Keating, Romesha ignored his battle wounds to take out the enemy, rescue the injured and retrieve the dead, NBC News reports.

Romesha enlisted in the Army in 1999 and completed two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He was a section leader with B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division when the outpost came under fire.

Romesha lives in Minot with his wife, Tamara, and three children.

He will be awarded the medal by President Barack Obama at the White House on Feb. 11.